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Puma x Daniel Ting Chong = Appropriation?

Puma x Daniel Ting Chong = Appropriation?

Daniel Ting Chong is a Cape Town-based designer and illustrator. This month, he unveiled his collaboration with Puma at one launch event in Cape Town and another in Johannesburg. Ting Chong, who was tasked with breathing new life into two sneaker designs, the Duplex Evo as well as the Duplex...
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When the Tweets will do

Just some early thoughts. Thanks, Twitter. This is not a review: — Helen Herimbi (@uHelenH) September 25, 2016 When my Dude first played me Juice Back, I thought it was ill how a(nother) boy in rap was openly talking about how abortion affected him — Helen Herimbi (@uHelenH) September 25,...
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WHAT ARE THOSE?

WHAT ARE THOSE?

As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangsta. JK. Can you remember a time when women occupied the same space as men do in any sneaker community? There’s always the token. Or the girls who seem to always know someone going overseas who can...
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Everything but the music

The exciting part of my job is that I get to speak to musicians – about any and everything they or I choose – every day. But my favourite part is that we get to dissect the music. Whether it’s talking about the actual instruments used or the beats or...
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Birthday Rhythm and Blues

Birthday Rhythm and Blues

I used to love birthdays. Mostly other people’s – what better way to validate your existence in this world than for people to tell and show you that they love you? I mean, we should be doing that every day for our loved ones anyway but birthdays are like cheat...
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16 Til Nicki

16 Til Nicki

If you know me IRL, you know how I feel about Nicki Minaj. It's because of that love for her that I actually got a teeny weeny bit nervous about the prospect of watching her perform in Joburg. It's one of those don't-meet-your-idols things except she's not my idol, she's...
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Black Rapunzel

Today, I got to chat with a comedian I respect so much. His 3-year-old daughter came up to where I was sitting and started stroking the cornrows that cascade down my back. "I like your hair," she mused, not really talking to me, "it's like Rapunzel!" I smiled and said,...
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5 DJ Tips for Life

There were two reasons I wanted to join Fuse Academy. First, I wanted to learn how to DJ in an environment where your individual skills are evaluated and enhanced. Plus I wanted to improve without being faced with the hostility that women are sometimes treated in areas of sound of...
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DJ School

A few months ago, I decided I was going to learn how to DJ. Yeah, just like all the other people I have mocked for years for not being content with being a copywriter/strategist/bartender/fill in whatever you do here. Unlike those slashies who annoy me, I didn’t want to DJ...
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